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Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience

Focus on K-12: EdTech and The Education Experience

By Focus on K-12
Welcome to CDW-G’s new podcast series, Focus on K-12: EdTech and the Education Experience. In this series, we talk to leaders in education about how relevant topics are impacting the world of educational technology and education at large. As educators, we must be intentional in our decision-making to keep the full experience of our teachers, staff, and most importantly, our students, at heart. Together, we leverage incredible thinkers throughout the education community to discuss topics ranging from equity to esports, from creativity to coaching, and from feedback to the future of education.
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#20: Digital Equity in Education Doesn't Stop with Devices - Ken Shelton
Ken Shelton is a powerful voice for equity in education. Today we dive into the fact that digital equity isn't only about having access to a device and a hotspot, we've got to take a look at the lack of stable broadband access throughout our country. We also examine the views of screen time across socioeconomic lines and the importance of focusing on the learning that is available to those with access to the internet. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Ken Shelton's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/k_shelton    Ken's Personal Page 🔴 https://www.kennethshelton.net    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:00
March 2, 2021
#19: Big School Districts and Big Ideas for Education - Phillip Dunn
Large, urban school districts tend to operate like their own city within a city- acting as a hub for learning and knowledge, but also supporting the areas that they serve. Today, I talk with Phillip Dunn, CIO for Broward County Schools in Florida (6th largest district in the country with ~270K students), who has also worked within NYC DOE (largest district in the country). We talk about some of the benefits and drawbacks of large systems and a few of his ideas about what might be a possible path forward in education. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Phillip's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/digital_paleo    Broward County Schools 🔴 https://www.browardschools.com    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
18:26
February 24, 2021
#18: Student Relationships as a Lever for Change - Jess Boyce
While MANY things in education changed in 2020, one thing has stayed the same (or actually grown in importance), and that is the need to build strong relationships with your students in the classroom. Today, I talk to Jess Boyce from Flipgrid and we share some stories of building positive relationships while creating an environment of safety and respect. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/focusonk12 Jess Boyce's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jessxbo    Flipgrid 🔴 https://www.flipgrid.com/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:55
February 17, 2021
#17: Representation in the Classroom, Building a Black Teacher Pipeline - Sharif El-Mekki
For many of our students, the teacher who stands before them each day doesn't look like them or have any similar lived experiences. Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of The Center for Black Educator Development, is looking to change all that and build a #BlackTeacherPipeline. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Sharif's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/selmekki    The Center for Black Educator Development 🔴 https://www.thecenterblacked.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:16
February 10, 2021
#16: Sharing Your Voice in Education - Dr. Sarah Thomas
Dr. Sarah Thomas is an educator, author, technologist, publisher, leader, and so much more. On this episode, we connected on what it means to share your voice and have your voice heard in a world with a lot of noise. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Sarah's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/sarahdateechur    EduMatch 🔴 https://wwww.edumatch.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:50
February 3, 2021
#15: Let's Talk about Design Thinking in Education - Dee Lanier
Design Thinking has become one of those buzzwords in education that we hear about more and more often. Dee Lanier takes some time to break down what design thinking really is and what it can mean for education. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Dee's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/deelanier    Solve In Time 🔴 https://www.solveintime.com    Dee's Personal Site 🔴 https://www.deelanier.net    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:35
January 27, 2021
#14: Representation in a Pixelated World - Felisa Ford
Representation matters. Full stop. Over the last year, we've seen new instances of representation of our BIPOC community in more 'typical' spaces like TV and movies, and in this episode of Focus on K-12, I talk to Felisa Ford from Atlanta Public Schools about her time working on representation in a pixelated world- the Good Trouble world in Minecraft EDU. Listen in as she shares her passion, her experience, and her deep connection to the work! Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/focusonk12 Felisa's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/APSITFelisa  Minecraft: Education Edition 🔴 https://education.minecraft.net/ Minecraft's Good Trouble Announcement 🔴 https://education.minecraft.net/blog/explore-social-justice-in-minecraft-education-edition-with-good-trouble    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/    
14:59
January 18, 2021
#13: Fear in Education - Trevor Ragan
Fear is something that we can all relate to in education settings and in our daily lives. We all feel fear at some time or another. How can we help students, teachers, and staff succeed when facing fear? Trevor Ragan, from the Learner Lab, breaks down some of the research that guides our thinking and addresses our common misconceptions. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Trevor's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/learner_lab    The Learner Lab 🔴 https://wwww.thelearnerlab.com    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/    Permission to Feel 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Permission-Feel-Unlocking-Emotions-Ourselves/dp/1250212847    Emotional Agility 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Agility-Unstuck-Embrace-Change/dp/1592409490    The War of Art 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/
16:19
January 13, 2021
#12: Risk Taking in Education - Claudio Zavala Jr.
Claudio Zavala Jr is a digital designer, creator, and educator in Texas focused on taking risks, igniting creativity, and making change in education. Join us as we talk about how we can take more risks and find success. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Claudio's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/claudiozavalajr     Adobe Education Exchange 🔴 https://edex.adobe.com/      Adobe Spark 🔴 https://spark.adobe.com      Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko        CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
17:03
January 7, 2021
#11: Personal Branding and Visual Storytelling in Education - Tanya Avrith
As an advocate for student voice, my guest, Tanya Avrith believes in the power of storytelling in Education. She has seen stories help kids explore their creativity, construct their identities and connect with others first-hand – a principle that she has the privilege of spreading with the help of Adobe Education, as their Education Evangelist. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Tanya's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/tanyaavrith    Adobe Education Exchange 🔴 https://edex.adobe.com/  Adobe Spark 🔴 https://spark.adobe.com  Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:24
December 30, 2020
#10: Personal and Authentic Learning, and The Hidden Stories Within - Tom Murray
With each of our interactions in our schools, with our students or our staff, we need to stay cognizant that everyone has a point-of-view and lens built off their experiences. This week I talk to Tom Murray, Director of Future Ready Schools, about the hidden stories within us and within our students and how these stories help shape us. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Tom's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/thomascmurray    Tom's Personal Site 🔴 https://www.thomascmurray.com    Future Ready Schools 🔴 https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/    Tom's Books on Amazon 🔴 https://amzn.to/3nJprpl    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:37
December 23, 2020
#9: Building Capacity for Education Initiatives - Sarah Kyriazis
Professional development, staffing, and support can often be neglected when budgets are tight and you're starting a new initiative in a school district. Sarah Kyriazis from Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts takes us through their plan to build capacity to address these issues with their iTeacher and iPrincipal programs. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Sarah's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/sarahkyriazis    Worcester Public Schools 🔴 https://worcesterschools.org/    Google Teacher Certifications 🔴 https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/    ISTE Certifications 🔴 https://www.iste.org/learn/iste-certification    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:38
December 16, 2020
#8: Gaming in Schools?! Keeping the Education in Esports - Laylah Bulman
Esports, or competitive gaming, is taking the education community by storm. Today I talk to one of the members of the leadership team at NASEF and senior program officer at the Samueli Foundation, Laylah Bulman, about why it's so important to keep Scholastic central to the esports conversation. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Laylah's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/laylah    NASEF 🔴 https://www.nasef.org    The Samueli Foundation 🔴 https://www.samueli.org    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:23
December 9, 2020
#7: Building Community in Virtual Spaces - CC Chung
CC Chung, Educator and 2020 Hawaii Teacher of the Year, talks about how going virtual has impacted the ability to bring community and culture into the classroom and what it means to build community in virtual spaces. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ ISTE Making IT Happen Award 🔴 https://www.makingithappen.org/    Hawaii Society for Technology in Education 🔴 http://www.hste.org/    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
12:52
December 2, 2020
#6: The Science of Reading - Dr. Ebony Lee
Dr. Ebony Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Clayton County Schools in Georgia, takes on the foundations and science of reading, why reading is "not natural", and how reading can impact our lives. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Dr. Ebony Lee's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/DrEbonyELA    Clayton County Schools 🔴 https://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/    LETRS Professional Learning 🔴 https://www.voyagersopris.com/professional-development/letrs/overview    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:50
November 26, 2020
#5: College and Career Ready? Maybe Not! - Jaime Casap
Jaime Casap, a thought leader in education and former Chief Education Evangelist for Google, pushes our thinking by saying that when we say we want students to be college and career ready, we are shooting too low. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Jaime Casap's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/jcasap    Jaime's YouTube Channel 🔴  https://www.youtube.com/jaimecasap Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
15:22
November 18, 2020
#4: ADAPTing with Creativity in the Classroom - Mike Cicchetti
Mike Cicchetti shares his ADAPT framework for creativity in the classroom and why igniting creativity in your students could be the key to a successful transition back to school. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ ADAPT Framework in EdTech Magazine 🔴 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/how-foster-creativity-no-matter-where-learning-takes-place    Adobe Creative Cloud 🔴 https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/adobe/adobe-creative-cloud.html?enkwrd=adobe%20creative%20cloud&key=adobe%20creative%20cloud    Volusia County Schools 🔴 https://www.vcsedu.org/    Mike Cicchetti's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/VCSLearn2Tech    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:27
November 13, 2020
#3: Science Before You STEM - Chanel Johnson
Chanel Johnson, a Science Specialist from Atlanta, Georgia, shares her experiences with science and why we need to focus on the foundational skills like exploration and curiosity before we can dive into STEM. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ PhET Simulations 🔴 https://phet.colorado.edu/    I Am a Scientist 🔴 https://www.iamascientist.info/    Chanel Johnson's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dc_stemtastic    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
13:54
November 13, 2020
#2: Keep Calm and EdTech On - Dr. Adam Phyall
Dr. Adam Phyall (one of EdTech Magazine's 2020 K-12 Influencers Worth a Follow) shares with us why it's so important to take time for self-care and while our work as education leaders is serious, we can still have fun. Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12. Links to Resources from the Show: Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ 30 EdTech Influencers Worth a Follow 🔴 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/30-k-12-it-influencers-worth-follow-2020    Newton County Schools 🔴 https://www.newtoncountyschools.org/    Adam Phyall's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/askadam3    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:39
November 10, 2020
#1: Being a Connected Educator - Greg Bagby
As we have moved to remote working, distance or hybrid learning, and virtual conferences, staying connected has become even more difficult than ever before, missing out on those ‘in between’ moments in hallways, planning rooms, or around the proverbial water cooler. Some people find that becoming a more connected educator helps bridge this gap.  Today, I talk to an amazing leader, Greg Bagby, the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Hamilton County Schools, about what it means to be a connected educator, how he stays connected, and what he sees in the years ahead.    Thanks for joining us today on Focus on K-12, EdTech and The Education Experience. If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe. If you have any ideas for future guests or you’d like to contact us about the show, please reach out to me on Twitter @dkonopelko. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you next time, as we Focus on K-12.   Links to Resources from the Show:     Video Podcast 🔴 https://youtube.com/channel/UCFc-mTSwgzfKwFed7kOBcuQ Hamilton County Schools 🔴 https://www.hcde.org/    NCCE 🔴 https://ncce.org/    HamCo Digital Fabrication Labs 🔴 https://www.hcde.org/newsroom/world_s_largest_collection_of_fab_labs    Greg Bagby's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/gregbagby    Doug Konopelko's Twitter 🔴 https://www.twitter.com/dkonopelko    CDW-G 🔴 https://www.cdwg.com/
14:12
November 3, 2020
First Listen - Focus on K-12: EdTech and the Education Experience
Welcome to CDW-G’s new podcast series, Focus on K-12: EdTech and the Education Experience. In this series, we talk to leaders in education about how relevant topics are impacting the world of educational technology and education at large. As educators, we must be intentional in our decision-making to keep the full experience of our teachers, staff, and most importantly, our students, at heart. Together, we leverage the power of the incredible thinkers throughout the education community to discuss topics ranging from equity to esports, from creativity to coaching, and from feedback to the future of education. I’m Doug Konopelko, a K-12 Education Strategist at CDW-G. As part of the Strategic Programs team, we keep up to date with the work going on across the world in K-12 including current challenges, different stakeholders and roles within school districts, and solutions being put in place to address those challenges. We act as strategic partners, trusted advisors, and connectors for the districts that we serve. Please join us as we journey through the world of designing meaningful, authentic learning experiences for our students, create sustainable systems of support for all stakeholders, and learn how to empower others to be agents of change, driving innovation and sparking conversations across the field. So let’s dive in as we Focus on K-12.
00:50
October 27, 2020